UPDATE: State Fire Marshall releases new information about fatal Choudrant house fire

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UPDATE: (KTVE/KARD) (09/09/2020) — The State Fire Marshall’s office has released some new informtion about the house fire that killed a child and injured his mother.

The latest release says that after the investigators gathered information they were able to find out the fire started in the attic of the home and through witness statements they determined that there were electrical issues in the home before the fire.

Investigators say that after power was restored to the home, the electrical issues continued.

The official cause remains undetermined at this time with the inability to rule out electrical malfunction.

There were no working smoke alarms in the home.


UPDATE: (KTVE/KARD)(9/3/2020) — On Monday, a Choudrant home caught fire taking the life of a 20-month-old boy and hospitalizing his mother with burns. The family says they’re dealing with the devastation and hope the community can help during this hard time.

“He was happy all the time. I think we will try and remember all the good things about him and not the tragedy that took place,” said Sarah Lewis, Jessie Lewis’ younger sister.

Those are the emotional words from an aunt who lost her 20-month-old nephew, Legend Way Bell, due to a house fire in Choudrant. Legend’s mother, Jessie Lewis, has been hospitalized with burns on 20 percent of her body.

“I think its hard to put into words what it feels like,” said Sarah.

The fire took over the entire house, leaving nothing behind but tears and sadness for the family.

“I was there when he was born and we were all just so happy. We were still happy for the time we got with him,” said Sarah.

Now, the family is asking the community to help. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the family to help cover funeral expenses, medical expenses, and to replace everything that was lost in the fire.

“Everything they have has been burned. I think the biggest part of it is they are starting over completely,” said Sarah.

The family says anything from clothing to household items would be a help…and a simple prayer would go a long way.

“We appreciate anybody for absolutely anything you are able to give, even if its prayers and thoughts towards our family,” said Sarah.

Though clothes and shoes can be replaced, the memorys of Legend Wayne Bell will never be forgotten.

“He was a big part of our lives. He was my nephew, my dad’s second grandbaby, my sister’s only baby, he was everything and we will miss him a lot,” said Sarah.

The family says there is still an investigation on how the fire started. If you don’t want to donate to the Go Fund Me page, there are plenty of other ways to donate. Starting Friday, you can donate at any Origin Bank. In addition, you can donate in person by dropping off items to Bill’s Appliance Services in Ruston (4085 US-80, Ruston, LA 71270).


LINCOLN PARISH, La. (KTVE/KARD)(8/31/2020) — State Fire Marshal deputies are investigating a house fire in Choudrant that left one small child dead.

According to the Office of State Fire Marshal, firefighters responded to the 700 block of Highway 821 in the 3 o’clock hour on Monday, August 31, 2020.

They say that one adult was able to escape uninjured, another was taken to a local hospital with severe burns. Unfortunately, the body of a 2-year-old boy was later found inside the home.

At this time, there is no further information available. We will continue to update this article as more details are made public.

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